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Monday, August 9, 2010
- If you could have a super power, what would it be? Sis, flying; Bud, leap tall buildings; Mama, stretchy arms; me, flying or invisible.
- If you could be anyone for a day, who would it be? Sis would be Dave on "Imagination Movers."
- Basketball, kickball, or soccer? We all said soccer.
- If you could have any talent, what would it be? Bud would know kung fu. I would be able to play the piano, sing beautifully, and/or speak Italian and Chinese.
- What's your favorite day of the week? Mama said Friday night.
- Sock color? Everyone answered in unison. Correctly. Blue, white, black, and white.
- If you could eat dinner with any 3 people, whom would you choose? Sis chose Arthur from the cartoon/book series, Dave (yep, Dave again), and Gommie.
- If you could go to any country, where would you go? Mama wants to see those penguins in Antarctica. Sis chose Texas (yep, it's a whole 'nother country. Don't mess with it.). Bud chose China. Picking from places I've never been ('cos I'd go back to England or Italy in a heartbeat), I chose the Netherlands and China, maybe Ireland or Scotland.
- What are your 3 favorite things about you? Sis said "my senses." I said creativity, baking skills, and (well, sometimes) unflappability. Mama said figuring things out.
- Zucchini and summer squash can be eaten raw or broiled, steamed, fried, grilled, sauteed, stir-fried, or baked.
- Store zucchini and summer squash for up to 3-4 days.
- Grated or pureed zucchini can be frozen and saved for adding to soups, sauces, and baked goods later.
- I like the smaller zucchini and summer squash.
2-3 yellow squash
olive oil or butter
Preheat oven to 350. Cut squash in half or in even thinner slices, depending on thickness of squash (but not too thin). Spread evenly in pan. Drizzle with oil or dot with pats of butter. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 30+ minutes until tender.
4 eggs beaten
1/2 cup oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon Lawry's seasoning
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons parsley
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup bisquick
3 cups zucchini, sliced.
Mix in 9 x 13" pan. Bake 30 minutes at 350F, until brown.
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
3 medium zucchini
water or milk
1 cup fat-free or low-fat spaghetti sauce
Preheat oven to 450°F. Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray.
Place bread crumbs, cheese, and garlic powder in Ziploc bag and shake well to combine all ingredients. Set aside.
Cut each zucchini lengthwise into 8 pieces; cut each piece again in half lengthwise. Fil a pie plate with water; then dip each zucchini stick first in water, then into bag of crumb mixture. Shake until zucchini are coated on all sides. Place on cookie sheet. Repeat with rest of sticks.
Bake on cookie sheet for 10-15 minutes or until brown and tender. Serve with warm spaghetti sauce.
Note: Use 1 medium eggplant, sliced into thin rounds, instead of zucchini.
- 1/4 cup dry breadcrumbs
- 1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons fat-free milk
- 2 1/2 cups (1/4-inch-thick) slices zucchini (about 2 small)
- Cooking spray
Preheat oven to 425°.
Combine first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Place milk in a shallow bowl. Dip zucchini slices in milk, and dredge in breadcrumb mixture. Place coated slices on an ovenproof wire rack coated with cooking spray; place rack on a baking sheet. Bake at 425° for 30 minutes or until browned and crisp. Serve immediately.
- 4 cups water
- 6 cups sliced zucchini (about 3 medium)
- 1 pound ground round
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 cups low-fat spaghetti sauce (such as Muir Glen Organic)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 2 cups fat-free cottage cheese
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- Cooking spray
- 1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs, divided
- 1 3/4 cups (3 1/2 ounces) preshredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
Preheat oven to 350°.
Bring the water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add zucchini; cook 3 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain and cool.
Place the beef and garlic in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook until browned, stirring to crumble. Stir in the spaghetti sauce, salt, basil, and oregano; cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat.
Combine the cottage cheese, parsley, and eggs in a medium bowl.
Arrange zucchini slices in a shallow 3-quart casserole coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle the zucchini with half of the breadcrumbs. Spread half of cottage cheese mixture over breadcrumbs; cover with half of the meat mixture and 1 cup mozzarella. Repeat the layers with the remaining breadcrumbs, cottage cheese mixture, and meat mixture; reserve the remaining mozzarella. Bake at 350° for 40 minutes.
Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella, and bake an additional 5 minutes or until cheese melts.
5 1/2 cups peeled and diced zucchini
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 teaspoon pure vanilla
In a nonreactive saucepan, combine the zucchini and lemon juice. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer until tender, about 10 minutes. Add brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Simmer, stirring, for 1 to 2 minutes, until slightly thickened.
Preheat oven to 350F. Butter 9 x 13" baking pan.
To make crust, in a food processor, combine the flour, sugar, and salt. Add the butter and vanilla. Process until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press half of the crust mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 10 minutes.
Spread the zucchini mixture evenly over the crust. Crumble the remaining crust mixture evenly on top of the zucchini. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until golden brown.
Cool completely on a wire rack before cutting into bars.
The Classic Zucchini Cookbook
Note: A similiar recipe called Sweet Zucchini Crumble appears in the Farmer John's Cookbook, using 4 1/2 cups flour, 3 cups sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 1/2 cups butter, 6-8 cups zucchini (4 large), 2/3 cup lemon juice (about 3), 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg. Directions are almost exactly the same.
Double Chocolate Zucchini Cake
3/4 cup oil
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups grated zucchini
1/2 cup sour milk or buttermilk
3 tablespoons cocoa or carob powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon each cinnamon and cloves
2 1/2 cups flour
small bag of chocolate chips.
Preheat oven to 350F; grease a 9 x 13 pan. Mix all ingredients and bake 30-35 minutes.
From Asparagus to Zucchini
Zucchini Spice Bread
Nonstick cooking spray
1 large zucchini
1 cup packed light-brown sugar
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2/3 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
3/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat a 9-by-5-by-3-inch loaf pan with cooking spray, and set aside. Grate zucchini on the large holes of a box grater (to yield 1 3/4 cups); set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together sugars, oil, vanilla, and eggs.
Into a small bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and salt. Add flour mixture to egg mixture, and stir to combine well. Stir in grated zucchini.
Pour batter into prepared pan, spreading evenly. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of loaf comes out clean, 45 to 55 minutes. Cool in pan 10 minutes; invert onto a wire rack, then reinvert, top side up. Cool completely before slicing.
Martha Stewart Everyday Living
3/4 cup fat-free milk
1 cup shredded zucchini (about 4 oz)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups bread flour
1 cup whole wheat
1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
grated zest of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon gluten
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 1/2 teaspoons bread machine yeast
KAF Zucchini Lemon Muffins
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
Choose 5 medium sized zucchini. Cut in half crosswise and use an apple corer to make hollow tubes by first working from one side and then the other. Chop 1 medium onion. Saute it in 2 tablespoons olive oil until soft. Remove pan from heat and add to it 1/2 cup raw white rice, 2 tablespoons chopped straight leaf parsely, 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill, 1/4 cup dried currants, and 2 tablespoons squash corings, chopped fine. Also add salt, pepper, and 1/4 cup pignoli nuts. Make a "broth" by mixing 1 teaspoon tamari in 1 cup water and moisten the uncooked rice mixture with a few tablespoons of this. Taste for salt and pepper. Use your fingers to stuff zucchini tubes. Place in a pan and add the "broth" to 1/2" deep in the pan. Cover and refrigerate until dinner time.
Half an hour before serving time, bake zucchini covered in a preheatedc 400F oven.
Grate 2 medium zucchinis in a food processor or by hand. Grate 1 small onion. Turn into a colander and let drain 5 minutes.
Beat 2 eggs in a bowl large enough to hold zucchini mixture. Squeeze zucchini handful by handful and discard exuded moisture. Add squeezed zucchini to eggs. Add 2 1/2 tablespoons cornemeal, 2 1/2 tablespoons flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, fresh ground pepper, and a pinch each of baking powder and sugar. Stir all together and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Heat 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil in frying pan. Use a fork to pat out small pancakes (4-5") and fry until brown on one side. Turn with spatula, pressind down on trhe latke to flatten it.
Serve with sour cream on the side.